Businesses have reported requests from one in five people to have time off work and many are also keeping children away from school and heading to the beach or country for the day.
Raffaele Bendandi, a self-taught scientist, believed movement of plates and therefore earthquakes were the result of the combined movements of the planets, the moon and the sun and perfectly predictable.
In 1923 he predicted a quake would hit central Italy on January 2 the following year â€“ he was wrong by two days.
For his work Bendandi was even given a knighthood by Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini â€“ and ordered not to make any more predictions on pain of exile as officials feared he would create immense panic.
However seismologists have been quick to step in and say his theories are without any scientific proof and despite his claims earthquakes are completely unpredictable.
Mr Bendandi, who died in 1979, never provided any scientific proof for his theory that the movements of the moon and sun, as well as other planets in the solar system, exert a gravitational influence on the movements of the earthâ€™s crust.
However, he became hugely famous in Italy for the accuracy of his predictions. He predicted the earthquake of January 13, 1915 which killed 30,000 people in Avezzano.
He also forecast the quake of May 6, 1976 in Friuli which killed 1,000 and left another 45,000 homeless.